American

Baur's Restaurant & Listening Lounge

California chef Dory Ford has brought his timeless American cuisine to this historic Denver space. While fresh seafood is flown in daily for dishes like pan-fried Monterey Bay abalone or Pacific halibut, local ingredients shine in menu selections like the Colorado lamb loin chop with sweet pea and mushroom risotto. Bonus: There's live music.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

This watering hole offers a vintage-inspired vibe and a menu curated by Old Major's Justin Brunson. Wash down your burger or fried chicken with one of 95 whiskeys. 

Nocturne

Sip on a Sazerac cocktail as you take in live musical performances at this sleek jazz and supper club. The food is no afterthought, with a jazz-inspired six-course tasting menu and small plates like Western Slope lamb collar and fritto misto.

Royal

This low-key burger bar from the owner of popular brunch spot Jelly offers fresh takes on American classics. Order a French onion burger and ginger curry chips, and wash it down with one of the boozy shakes. 

School House Kitchen and Libations

This school-themed restaurant offers more than 400 whiskeys behind the bar and a rooftop patio. Enjoy fun menu selections like chicken and waffle sandwiches, bacon-weapped hot dogs, and build-your-own macaroni and cheese.

Dunbar Kitchen & Tap House

This barbershop-turned-restaurant-and-bar serves up Colorado craft brews and solid cocktails alongside Southern-tinged eats. Order the pimento cheese and a shrimp po' boy on the spacious patio or enjoy the historical ambiance inside at the massive bar.

Meadowlark Kitchen

Enjoy a taste of Colorado's seasonal bounty at this RiNo restaurant that serves new American cuisine and craft cocktails. Try the signature Meadowlark burger topped with cheese sauce, candied bacon, an onion ring, and a poached egg on a house-made brioche bun. 

Stout Street Social

LoDo's beer-centric social bar features more than 40 brews on tap and a diverse variety of eats, including a raw bar, sushi, and elevated variations on classic pub fare. Share some sushi rolls and crudo or dig into the Social Burger topped with bourbon-glazed bacon, truffle aïoli, jalapeño-raspberry jam, and crispy onions. 

ACME Burger and Brat Corporation

Grab a hand-crafted burger, fries, and a cup of Boylan's Natural Soda, then find a seat in Union Station's Great Hall. Don't miss the B.O.M.B loaded up with Tender Belly bacon, onions, sauteed mushrooms, and blue cheese. 

Ella

This Boulder diner serves elevated versions of comfort food favorites. Try the lasagna made with buffalo, ground beef, and wild boar. 

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